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“May you and I seek mercy from the Lord when we feel overwhelmed or desperate.” <>< Dona (08/31/20)

Please read Psalm 142-150.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Psalm 142 Theme

When overwhelmed and desperate.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist asked You for mercy (v. 1).

Something to think about

The psalmist poured out his complaint to the Lord (v. 2). He knew God had a plan for him (v. 3).  The psalmist believed nobody cared about him (v. 4). But he did say the Lord was his refuge (v. 5). And he asked the Lord to deliver him (v. 6). The psalmist knew God would be good to him (v. 7-8).

Something to experience

We too can talk to the Lord about our troubles.  We too can seek God’s plan for our life. We too can ask the Lord to be our refuge. We too can ask the Lord to deliver us from our enemies. We too can be confident the Lord will be good to us.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 142:1 I cry with my voice to the Lord.  With my voice, I ask the Lord for mercy.

Psalm 142:2 I pour out my complaint before Him.  I tell Him my troubles.

Psalm 142:3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my route. On the path in which I walk, they have hidden a snare for me.

Psalm 142:4 Look on my right, and see; for there is no one who is concerned for me.  Refuge has fled from me.  No one cares for my soul.

Psalm 142:5 I cried to You, the Lord. I said, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”

Psalm 142:6 Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need.  Deliver me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.

Psalm 142:7-8 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks to Your name. 8 The righteous will surround me, for You will be good to me.

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Psalm 143 Theme

Praying for relief (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist was asking You to not judge him (v. 2).

Something to think about

The psalmist was depressed and overwhelmed (v. 3-4).  He began remembering his past.  He was meditating on the Lord’s work (v. 5). His soul thirsted for the Lord (v. 6).  He asked the Lord to hurry and answer him (v. 7). The psalmist wanted to experience the Lord’s loving kindness and to know the way in which he should walk (v. 8).  The psalmist asked the Lord to deliver him, to teach him, to lead him and to revive him (v. 9-11). And the psalmist told the Lord he was His servant (v. 12).

Something to experience

We too need to seek the Lord’s guidance for where we’re to walk. We too need to be taught and lead by the Lord. And to ask the Lord to revive us. Lastly we too need to be the Lord’s servants.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 143:1 Hear my prayer, O Lord.  Listen to my petitions.  In Your faithfulness and righteousness, relieve me.

Psalm 143:2 Don’t enter into judgment with Your servant, for in Your sight no man living is righteous.

Psalm 143:3 For the enemy pursues my soul.  He has struck my life down to the ground.  He has made me live in dark places, as those who have been long dead.

Psalm 143:4 Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me.  My heart within me is desolate.

Psalm 143:5 I remember the days of old.  I meditate on all Your doings.  I contemplate the work of Your hands.

Psalm 143:6 I spread out my hands to You.  My soul thirsts for You, like a parched land. Selah.

Psalm 143:7 Hurry to answer me, O Lord.  My spirit fails.  Don’t hide Your face from me, so that I don’t become like those who go down into the pit.

Psalm 143:8 Cause me to hear Your loving kindness in the morning, for I trust in You. Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.

Psalm 143:9-11 Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies.  I flee to You to hide me. 10 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God.  Your Spirit is good.  Lead me in the land of uprightness.  11 Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake.  In Your righteousness, bring my soul out of trouble.

Psalm 143:12 In Your loving kindness, cut off my enemies, and destroy all those who afflict my soul, For I am Your servant.

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Psalm 144 Theme

God cares (v. 3).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist recognized you as his loving kindness, his fortress, his high tower, his deliverer, his shield and his refuge (v. 2).

Something to think about

The psalmist begins with the Lord being his rock (v. 1).  And then continues to identify the Lord (v. 2). And then describes man (v. 4). The psalmist suggests the Lord come down from heaven and rescue and deliver him out of the hands of foreigners (v. 5-8). The psalmist says he will sing a song to God (v. 9).  The psalmist believed their sons, their daughters, their barns, and their livestock would all prosper (v. 12-14). He believed the people in this situation with him, who had God as their Lord, would be happy (v. 15).

Something to experience

We too can call the Lord our rock.  We believers are able to ask the Lord to rescue and deliver us. We too should sing praises to our God.  And we too can prosper and be happy when the Lord is our God.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 144:1 Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who teaches my hands to war, and my fingers to battle:

Psalm 144:2 He is my loving kindness, my fortress, my high tower, my deliverer, my shield, and He in whom I take refuge, who subdues my people under me.

Psalm 144:3  O Lord, what is man, that You care for him?  Or the son of man, that You think of him?

Psalm 144:4 Man is like a breath.  His days are like a shadow that passes away.

Psalm 144:5-8 Part Your heavens, O Lord, and come down.  Touch the mountains, and they will smoke.  Throw out lightning, and scatter them.  Send out Your arrows, and rout them.  Stretch out Your hand from above, rescue me, and deliver me out of great waters, out of the hands of foreigners,  whose mouths speak deceit, whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

Psalm 144:9 I will sing a new song to You, God.  On a ten-stringed lyre, I will sing praises to You.

Psalm 144:12-14 12 Then our sons will be like well-nurtured plants, our daughters like pillars carved to adorn a palace.  13 Our barns are full, filled with all kinds of provision.  Our sheep produce thousands and ten thousands in our fields.  14 Our oxen will pull heavy loads.  There is no breaking in, and no going away, and no outcry in our streets.

Psalm 144:15 Happy are the people who are in such a situation. Happy are the people whose God is the Lord.

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Psalm 145 Theme

Praising God forever and ever (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist was purposing to praise You every day (v.2).

Something to think about

The psalmist believed the Lord’s greatness was unsearchable (v. 3).  He believed that every generation would commend the Lord’s work and declare the Lord’s might acts (v. 4).  The psalmist determined to meditate on the Lord and his works and his acts. (v. 5).  The psalmist committed to praising the Lord forever and ever (v. 21).

Something to experience

Just like the psalmist, we believers should speak of the Lord’s awesome acts.  We too should declare His greatness and His great goodness and sing of His righteousness (v. 6-7). We too should remember all the Lord’s attributes, speak of His kingdom, His power, His mighty acts, His Words and His deeds (v. 8-20). We too should praise the Lord forever and ever. 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 145:1I will exalt You, my God, the King.  I will praise Your name forever and ever.

Psalm 145:2 Every day I will praise You.  I will extol Your name forever and ever.

Psalm 145:3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised!  His greatness is unsearchable.

Psalm 145:4 One generation will commend Your works to another, and will declare Your mighty acts.

Psalm 145:5 I will meditate on the glorious majesty of Your honor, on Your wondrous works. 

Psalm 145:6-7 Men will speak of the might of Your awesome acts.  I will declare Your greatness.  They will utter the memory of Your great goodness, and will sing of Your righteousness.

Psalm 145:8-13 The Lord is gracious, merciful, slow to anger, and of great loving kindness.  The Lord is good to all.  His tender mercies are over all His works. 10 All Your works will give thanks to You, O Lord.  Your saints will extol You. 11 They will speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk about Your power, 12 to make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, the glory of the majesty of His kingdom.  13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.  Your dominion endures throughout all generations.  The Lord is faithful in all His words, and loving in all His deeds. 14 The Lord upholds all who fall, and raises up all those who are bowed down.  15 The eyes of all wait for You.  You give them their food in due season. 16 You open Your hand, and satisfy the desire of every living thing.  17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and gracious in all His works.  18 The Lord is near to all those who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.  19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him.  He also will hear their cry, and will save them.  20 The Lord preserves all those who love Him, but He will destroy all the wicked.

Psalm 145:21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord.  Let all flesh bless His holy name forever and ever.

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Psalm 146 Theme

Help from God versus help from man (v. 3-4).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord the psalmist realized happiness comes from putting his trust in You not man. 

Something to think about

The psalmist began with praising the Lord (v. 1) And he spoke of all the Lord does for others (v. 5-9). The psalmist ended with saying the Lord will reign forever … praise the Lord (v. 10).

Something to experience

We too should praise the Lord as long as we exist, which is forever (v. 2).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 146:1 Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord, my soul.

Psalm 146:2 While I live, I will praise the Lord.  I will sing praises to my God as long as I exist.

Psalm 146:3-4 Don’t put your trust in princes, in a son of man in whom there is no help.  His spirit departs, and he returns to the earth.  In that very day, his thoughts perish.

Psalm 146:5-9 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord, his God: who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps truth forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.  The Lord frees the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.  The Lord raises up those who are bowed down.  The Lord loves the righteous. The Lord preserves the foreigners.  He upholds the fatherless and widow, but he turns the way of the wicked upside down.

Psalm 146:10 The Lord will reign forever; your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!

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Psalm 147 Theme

It is pleasant and fitting to praise the Lord (v. 1b).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You deserve more praise than we can ever give You (v. 1a).

Something to think about

The Lord is more and does more than we can ever recall (v. 2-18).  The nation of Israel was special to God.  Through its people God sent His Son, Christ Jesus.

Something to experience

Now any one who follows the Lord is just as special to Him.  The real nation of Israel isn’t a specific people or geographic place.  It is the community of all who believe in and obey the Lord.  And if we are believers, we can experience the same blessings (v. 19-20).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 147:1 Praise the Lord, for it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant and fitting to praise Him.

Psalm 147:2-18 The Lord builds up Jerusalem.  He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.  He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.  He counts the number of the stars.  He calls them all by their names.  Great is our Lord, and mighty in power.  His understanding is infinite.  The Lord upholds the humble. He brings the wicked down to the ground.  Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving. Sing praises on the harp to our God, who covers the sky with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, who makes grass grow on the mountains.  He provides food for the livestock, and for the young ravens when they call.  10 He doesn’t delight in the strength of the horse.  He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.  11 The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His loving kindness.  12 Praise the Lord, Jerusalem!  Praise your God, Zion!  13 For He has strengthened the bars of your gates.  He has blessed your children within you. 14 He makes peace in your borders.  He fills you with the finest of the wheat.
15 He sends out His commandment to the earth.  His word runs very swiftly.  16 He gives snow like wool, and scatters frost like ashes.  17 He hurls down His hail like pebbles.  Who can stand before His cold?  18 He sends out His word, and melts them.  He causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow.

Psalm 147:19-20 19 He shows His word to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.  20 He has not done this for just any nation.  They don’t know His ordinances.  Praise the Lord!

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Psalm 148 Theme

Praise the Lord.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You are worthy of all praise.

Something to think about

The psalmist praised the Lord for everything.

Something to experience

We too should praise the Lord for everything.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 148:1-14

1 Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord from the heavens!  Praise Him in the heights!  Praise Him, all His angels!  Praise Him, all His army!  Praise Him, sun and moon!  Praise Him, all you shining stars!  Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, you waters that are above the heavens.  Let them praise the Lord’s name, for He commanded, and they were created.  He has also established them forever and ever.  He has made a decree which will not pass away.  Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures, and all depths; lightning and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His word; mountains and all hills; fruit trees and all cedars; 1wild animals and all livestock; small creatures and flying birds; 11 kings of the earth and all peoples; princes and all judges of the earth; 12 both young men and maidens; old men and children: 13 let them praise the Lord’s name, for His name alone is exalted.  His glory is above the earth and the heavens.  14 He has lifted up the horn of His people, the praise of all His saints, even of the children of Israel, a people near to Him.  Praise the Lord!

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Psalm 149 Theme

A celebration invites the Israelites to praise You (v. 1-2).

 Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist believes You take pleasure in Your people (v. 4).

Something to think about

The psalmist encourages them to praise God through dance (v. 3a), their voice and with musical instruments (3b).

Something to experience

We too can rejoice and sing for joy (v. 5).  We too can speak high praises to our God (v. 6a). We too can praise the Lord (v. 9b).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 149:1 Praise the Lord!  Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of the saints.

Psalm 149:2 Let Israel rejoice in Him who made them.  Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

Psalm 149:3 Let them praise His name in the dance! Let them sing praises to Him with tambourine and harp!

Psalm 149:4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people.  He crowns the humble with salvation.

Psalm 149:5 Let the saints rejoice in honor.  Let them sing for joy on their beds.

Psalm 149:6 May the high praises of God be in their mouths …

Psalm 149:9b … Praise the Lord!

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Psalm 150 Theme

Hymn of Praise.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist was encouraging individuals to praise You.

Something to think about

What a fitting way to end the book of Psalms.

Something to experience

Remember to praise the Lord every day!

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 150:1-6

1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary! Praise Him in His heavens for His acts of power! Praise Him for His mighty acts!  Praise Him according to  His excellent greatness!  Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet!  Praise Him with harp and lyre!  Praise Him with tambourine and dancing!  Praise Him with stringed instruments and flute! Praise Him with loud cymbals!  Praise Him with resounding cymbals!  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord!

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will cry out for mercy (Psalm 142:1).  Lord, reveal to us the path You want us to walk (Psalm 142:3, 8). Lord, thank You for being our refuge and our deliver (Psalm 142:5-6). Lord, I pray we will meditate on all You’ve done (Psalm 143:5). Lord, revive us and bring our soul out of trouble (Psalm 143:11). Lord, thank You for being our rock, our loving kindness, our fortress, our high tower, our deliverer, our shield and refuge (Psalm 144:1-2). Lord, rescue us and deliver us (Psalm 144:7). Lord, I pray we will sing to You (Psalm 144:9). Lord, I pray we will praise Your name forever and ever (Psalm 145:1). Great are You Lord and greatly are You to be praised.  Your greatness is unsearchable (Psalm 145:3).  You Lord are gracious, merciful, slow to anger and of great loving kindness (Psalm 145:8). Lord, thank You for being faithful in all Your Words and loving in all Your deeds (Psalm 145:13). Lord, I pray our hope will always be in You (Psalm 146:5). Lord, thank You for healing the broken in heart and binding up wounds (Psalm 147:2).  Lord, thank You for upholding the humble (Psalm 147:6). Lord, thank You for blessing our children (Psalm 147:13). Lord, thank You for making peace in our home (Psalm 147:14a).  Lord, I pray we will praise You always for everything You provide (Psalm 147:14b-18). Lord, I pray everything will praise You (Psalm 148:1-14). Lord, I pray we will praise You with dance, with our voice and with musical instruments (Psalm 149:1-6; 150:3-5). Praise You Lord (Psalm 149:9b). Lord, I pray we will praise You in Your sanctuary and in Your heavens for Your acts of power, for Your mighty acts, according to Your excellent greatness (Psalm 150:1-2). May everything that has breath praise You. Praise You Lord (Psalm 150:6). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I praise the Lord.” <>< Dona